Resident Identification and Security Systems

November 1, 2010 | Aging Services Risk Management


Resident security devices alert staff when a resident has wandered. They are designed for use in all types of healthcare facilities, including hospitals, nursing homes, and long-term care and assisted-living facilities. Monitoring residents allows more freedom for both residents and healthcare workers and allows residents to feel more independent.

These devices are also called resident security systems, elopement prevention devices, and antiwandering systems.

This Risk Analysis reviews resident security devices used in long-term care facilities and nursing homes to prevent resident wandering and elopement. Mobile locating systems used by facilities to track tagged residents who have exited the main facility are also discussed.

Resident security systems that do not make use of signaling tags, those used in private homes, and those that involve bed, chair, or wheelchair monitors are all excluded from this report. Also excluded are invisible perimeter devices, remote or digital video monitoring (e.g., closed-circuit television CCTV systems), control software, security wire and fiberoptic cables, card access control systems, video badging systems, and personal emergency signaling devices. Systems using passive resident tracking via radio-frequency identification (RFID) without...

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